Sirisha Kothuri is an OTREC/NITC transportation scholar. She was born and raised in Hyderabad, India, where she obtained a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Osmania University in 1999. She moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1999 to get a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering at Louisiana State University. Her master’s thesis dealt with updating a simulated household travel survey using Bayesian methods. Today she is a Ph.D. student in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Portland State University. Her research investigates methods to incorporate pedestrian considerations into signal timing design. The role of walking in the development of healthy, sustainable and livable communities is being increasingly recognized. While this increased focus on pedestrians has led to infrastructure improvements, little attention has been paid to optimizing the transportation system for their benefit. Sirisha's research looks into ways to optimize signal timing for pedestrians.